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Ready for the Lord’s Return

“The book had all the makings of a bestseller. Adventure, drama, action, mystery, even a touch of horror; it was all there. Paul finished reading the final few pages, put the book down, and reflected on the author’s dramatized account of the events recorded in the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation. The Author had a gift for bringing the biblical ideas to life.

Kelly, a friend from the church, had recommended the book to Paul. She had told him the books was not only an excellent read—it had changed her life. With a new understanding of the way in which the end-times would unravel, Kelly again felt excited to be a Christian. She had explained to him how the book had enabled her to figure out the mysterious symbolism of Revelation. With this understanding, she was now able to see that the end-times scenario was unfolding right before her eyes!”[1]

So begins a chapter entitled, “The Millenniums Debate” from the book, Across the Spectrum: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology. The name of that book which was read by Paul and recommended by Kelly was not mentioned in the book. But maybe it need not be. Many books and movies have been and are still being published and produced which have to do with the end-times, for such books and moves not only sell money—they peak our curiosity and interest levels, too. They “claim to give understanding of how the end-times will unravel.” They “dramatize the events of Revelation.” They might even move some to believe they are more “excited about being a Christian.” But such books are to be tested against the entirety of the Scriptures—not just one book or one section—rather all…

Mt24.36-44, Advent 1, 2010A.pdf

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